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Aniston, Clooney and Mystery Movies Saving World From Terrorism. Really?!

Aniston, Clooney and Mystery Movies Saving World From Terrorism. Really?!
WikiLeaks does not reveal all. In a U.S. Embassy cable published yesterday on the controversial site, the collective works of Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney, Eva Longoria and David Letterman are noted for taking the edge off extremism in Saudi Arabia. But what doesn't the document say? It doesn't say which movies are saving the world from terrorism. Yes, the dispatch, from a section really, truly titled, "David Letterman, Agent of Influence," name checks Aniston's Friends, Clooney's Michael Clayton, Longoria's Desperate Housewives, Letterman's Late Show and even Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, but… It...
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Us embassy cables: Desperate Housewives and Letterman more effective than Us propaganda

Monday, 11 May 2009, 10:50

S E C R E T Section 01 Of 04 Riyadh 000651

Sipdis

Noforn

Department For Nea/Arp (Jharris), R (Mark Davidson), Nea/Ppd (Walter

Douglas)

Eo 12958 Decl: 10/20/2050

Tags Pgov, Phum, Pter, Econ Kisl, Sa

Subject: Ideological And Ownership Trends In The Saudi Media

Classified By: Cda David Rundell for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (S) Summary: The Saudi regulatory system offers the al-Saud regime a means to manipulate the nation's print media to promote its own agenda without exercising day-to-day oversight over journalists, and Saudi journalists are free to write what they wish provided they do not criticize the ruling family or expose government corruption. In addition, most media in Saudi Arabia--print and electronic--are owned by royal family members, and accordingly self-censorship is the order of the day. In comparison to a few years ago, however, the media business in Saudi Arabia is dynamic, fueled by increased demand by Saudi and pan-Arab audiences,
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